The City of Venice recently held its 10th Annual Make a Difference Day (MADD) with 450 volunteers ages 5-85 giving of their time to beautify the City. Volunteers with 22 groups and 100 individuals landscaped, mulched, raked, cleaned and collected litter and debris at over 25 parks and public spaces.
“You see a heart of a community coming together … people from different groups and different schools,” said head organizer Jim Foubister, President of Together We Can.
Each year, hundreds of volunteers turn out for this citywide community service effort, which saves the City thousands of dollars and benefits the local environment. Efforts for this past MADD event are the equivalent of about 1,350 man-hours in public works. According to Parks Supervisor Skip Petitt, volunteers laid down 4,700 bags of mulch and spread 160 cubic yards of bulk mulch, the equivalent of two full tractor-trailer loads.